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Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:00 am
Gregg Williams, right, has been summoned to meet with Roger Goodell again. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

The NFL has summoned former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to New York City on Monday for more discussions with security officials about alleged violations of the league's bounty rules.

The meetings with NFL officials, including a possible sit down with commissioner Roger Goodell, come in the wake of new reports that Williams ran illegal bounty programs during his stints with the Redskins and Bills.

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Obviously, this is terrible, though not unexpected, news for the current Rams defensive coordinator, recently hired for Jeff Fisher’s new staff in St. Louis.

In an email to The Associated Press, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote, the league will continue "addressing the issues raised as part of our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game."

Already, Williams has apologized for his actions, saying, “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the 'pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

Of course, that statement was released before we knew about the possibility of the programs in Washington, where he was the defensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs, and Buffalo, where he was head coach from 2001-03.

And while there has been a report that Williams would face a fine but not likely a suspension -- again, before we heard about Washington and Buffalo -- I’m guessing Goodell is going to leave all disciplinary options open after listening to what Williams has to say.

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Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:53 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

The NFL must use some serious muscle in response to these incidents. A fine is not going to cut it. The bounty program is a  borderline criminal act. There should be bans measured in years and I would even go so far as to say that the Saints Superbowl trophy should be returned. Considering who runs and owns the NFL, they better not hand down a punishment that befits an incident of white collar crime and instead hand down a punishment befitting violent crime. I would put this right up there with the Black Sox scandal; which actually would make a good story line for a future football movie. But, the NFL in all it's glorified image building, will act quickly to sweep this under the rug as soon as possible. There's only one thing more important than player safety and integrity. It is that the money continues to roll in. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:47 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Can anyone show me that this sort of thing has not been going on elsewhere, beyond wherever Williams has been coaching.  Again, I ask, where is the judgement of the officials, who are supposed to have eyes-on contact to make judgements about this sort of thing.  The NFL has been great about conducting reviews of questionable plays that have led to concussions.  But are head-to-head collisions the only types of reviews that have been done?  Doesn't anyone look for questionable hits to other essential body parts like necks, shoulders, and legs?

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:37 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

People are calling for the Saints to lose a 1st round pick.

What if the league does this. Then the Redskins lose a 1st rounder. Then the Bills lose a 1st rounder. Then the Jags lose a 1st rounder. Then the Titans lose a 1st rounder. What if Williams isn't the only one and other teams get caught?

I'm sure Godell has got to be sweating this. If he sets the predecent at losing a 1st rounder and this thing turns out to be so widespread we may end up with a 1st round that consists of 5 picks.   

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:15 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

With the swath of lawsuits by former players for concussions, pending in courts across the country, it'll be interesting to see how the NFL handles this. Those former players have to be giddy over this. Would the NFL really want jurors to hear about "Pay for pain" programs being rampant in the NFL??

Does the NFL really want to dig into this can of worms and clean up the game while risking losing bigtime against former players? Or do they try and sweep this under the rug as swiftly as possible?

They may not have a choice as I can't believe some congressman or senator hasn't sworn to "Get to the bottom of this!!" I'd expect before long we'll have Peyton, Williams, Godell, and players being called to testify before congress.

Grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the ride, because this thing is about to blowup in the NFL's face! But don't expect that your favorite team is guarenteed to come out of this unscathed. As a Broncos fan I sure hope Elway has asked our new DC Del Rio if any of this krap went on while Williams was his DC in Jacksonville.

What about the Raiders and thier new HC did he know anything about this? What about the Titans?

This is gonna get real ugly unless the NFL does a masterfull coverup. Unfortunately for them there are no video tapes for the Comish to destroy.    &nb

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:45 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

I remember him when he was in Buffalo and Washington. I actually liked the guy. He went to Truman State, always had his eye on the prize, my kind of guy. But now, this is really disheartening. I feel like I've been betrayed.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:40 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Greg Williams is a bum. To read that a grown man would ask players to intentionally injure another player is truly saddening.
I am glad that there are football players man enough to speak up and put an end to this type of garbage.
The Saints should forfeit their first round draft pick in lieu of a pick at the end of the seventh round after all compensatory picks are completed for the next five years. I'd say take the Super Bowl host site away from New Orleans too; however, it isn't the city of New Orleans that deserves to be punished. I truly hope Goddell stands up and does something in addition to just financially penalizing the Saints.
I am a Giants fan and I am ashamed that another former Giants coach is involved in a classless scandel.
Sean Payton, you are as much of a bum as Greg Wiliams is. In addition, you are a weasel for stooping so low you last class coward. 
Stop ruining the image of the NFL.   

Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:13 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Siants are a Goddel pet team? Is somone posting ahead of me smoking some fine NO crack? Saints will pay and pay dearly. Their window just closed very repadily with this story and with franchising Brees. Aints are screwed.

Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:11 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

He should be suspended for life. End of story.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:47 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Typical report on what God-dell will do or not do.  Keep in mind the Saints are one of his pet teams, so do not expect anything heavy against the anointed ones. God forbid if this involved the Steelers, God-dell would have taken the franchise out of the Burgh, vacated  all the SB victories, and made certain the name of Steelers would be stricken from any and all NFL records.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:58 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

This is one can of worms that the NFL wanted nothing to do with! I agree with most on this board that Williams should be suspended for at least 2 years. But the fact that Payton knew about this and did nothing to stop it, I believe that he should also be suspended for 2 years and fined $1,000,000. This game is violent enough without actually trying hurt someone. Just think of all the lawsuits that would be coming down the pike, if someone was permanently injured while this was going on?

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